Sylvain Émard

A prolific and internationally respected artist, Sylvain Émard created his own dance company Sylvain Émard Danse in 1990, quickly establishing a reputation for a very original style. Highly theatrical at first, his work soon evolved into a more formal approach to dance. From his first solo piece Ozone, Ozone (1987) to his group work Ce n'est pas la fin du monde(2013), he has been exploring the territory of human nature through the force and strength of the body. More recently, Sylvain Émard returned on stage after a 15-year absence to perform his new solo Le chant des sirènes (2017). His repertoire now includes some thirty original pieces that have had a resounding impact all over the world.

Renowned for his refined style and precise movement, his presentation in 2009 of Le Grand Continental® at the Festival TransAmériques must have come to some as a surprise. Inspired by line dancing, this unique piece has featured 3,000 non-dancers in several performances across Canada, the United States, Mexico, South Korea, New Zealand, Chile and Germany, attracting some 120,000 spectators.

Sylvain Émard’s unique style has led to invitations to work as guest choreographer in theatre, opera and cinema. These collaborations include his joining forces with Robert Lepage in 2005 to work on the opera 1984 by Lorin Maazel, presented namely at Covent Garden in London and at La Scala in Milan. At the behest of theater director René-Richard, Sylvain Émard is creating the choreographies for the musical Demain matin, Montréal m’attend at Théâtre du Nouveau Monde.

Sylvain Émard has received numerous prestigious awards, such as the Jean A. Chalmers Choreographic Award (1996). In 2011 he was named Personality of the Week by La Presse/Radio-Canada for Le Grand Continental®. In 2018, together with the Festival Internacional Santiago a Mil (Chile) and the Potsdamer Tanztage (Germany), Sylvain Émard Danse was honoured to receive the CINARS International Collaboration Award for the recreation of Le Grand Continental®. Sylvain Émard is also co-founder of the Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique.